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Ian McDonald

Ian McDonaldVisiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Ian McDonald, who earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in 2009, teaches U.S. government and U.S. politics courses, including upper division courses on Congress, the presidency, political parties, public opinion, and the media, along with a graduate level course in research design. He also teaches courses on political transformation in the 1960s. Ian was a visiting faculty member at Portland State University in 2010-11, at Lewis & Clark in 2009-17, and at University of Portland from 2014-15. His dissertation Migration, Sorting, and Polarization in the American Electorate examines the link between geographic mobility and polarization observed among voters and Congress. He was lead author of the 2015 Portland City Club report on minimum wage policy in Oregon. His recent work looks at the effect of rapid population growth and representation in the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislatures. He is a native of Seattle, admires the work of Marilynne Robinson and Alice Munro, and wants to talk about your favorite movie.

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